By Danny Wright
Everton had a pre-contract offer for Sead Kolasinac turned down by the player after joining the race for his signature at the last minute, according to a reliable journalist.
Guardian Sport’s deputy news editor Ed Aarons reported on his personal Twitter account that the exciting Bosnian international opted to join Arsenal instead.
AC Milan also put in an offer for the left-back, whose Schalke contract expires at the end of the season.
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) April 14, 2017
Bosnian news outlet Reprezentacija claimed on Friday that Kolasinac had signed a pre-contract deal with the Gunners and will secure a move to the Emirates when his deal at Schalke runs out.
Kolasinac is now set to join an Arsenal squad that already has Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal as identifiable left-backs.
The 23-time Bosnian international has provided seven assists and scored three goals in 31 appearances across all competitions for Schalke this season.
Everton are thought to be looking for cover in the full-back areas after Seamus Coleman picked up a devastating leg break while playing for the Republic of Ireland last month.
However Kolasinac is not usually deployed on the right side of a backline, like Coleman, but can play further forward on the left wing.
Leighton Baines, 32, is the only traditional left-back in Ronald Koeman’s first team squad but Brendan Galloway has recently returned to Goodison Park following a wasteful loan spell at West Brom.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s good to see that Everton are trying to get some transfer deals done early but they probably missed out on this deal because they simply cannot compete with Arsenal’s financial superiority. This is a show of what is expected to come for the Merseyside club during the summer transfer window. They will have a lot of money to play with, especially if Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku are sold, but Koeman is not going to be able to offer the promise of a fight for Champions League football or the money that the top six can stump up. The Toffees need a fresh set of full-backs though because Baines isn’t getting any younger and Coleman is going to be out of action for a long time.
In other Everton news, Stan Collymore has gone on an epic Twitter rant in support of this Toffees star.